Jazmine Harnishfeger-Brand

Prep 1 –  Tuesday, Jazmine

We had another wonderful week in class together!  We started off by learning a new welcome song “Buenos Dias” and its accompanying partner dance.  Then we reinforced independent singing (on “sol” and “mi”) with “Hickety Tickety Bumble Bee”.  After some scarf sound warm ups, and “I love to sing and play” for our warm ups, we were ready to dive into our lesson!

We began by playing “Bee Bee Bumble Bee”.  After getting it back in our minds, ears, and voices, we were able to transcribe the melody using our bee symbols on the staff (pictured below).  Next, we transitioned to the Glockenspiels and were able to play (both as a group and as a soloist) “Bee Bee Bumble Bee” using the “sol”, “la”, and “mi” pitches in F on the instruments.  These are not easy task for new singers, but they did a wonderful job deciphering if the pitches were the same, higher, or lower, than the one before.  I was very proud!

Then we took a dance break with “Looby Loo” and played some “Here Comes the Bluebird”.

Next we read a ‘book’ and introduced the song “Gonna Build Me A Mountain”.  This will be a song that we will keep practicing every week for their recital in May, so keep singing it at home!  We were even able to learn the first verse of “Blue Skies”, another song that we’ll be singing for the recital in May, so this week was full of wonderful musical discovery. 

Thank you all for a wonderful week and I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!  

Prep 1 –  Thursday, Emily

This week we started off class with the song “My Little Boat” which was a wonderful way for me (Jazmine) to make sure I still knew everyone’s name!  Then we dove right into some fun warm ups using the scarfs to create siren sounds so we could use the full range of our voices.  

To practice our beat keeping and rhythm playing abilities, we had fun taking our “train” around the room to “Engine Engine No. 9”.  Sometimes our train went fast, and sometimes it went slowly.  We were able to transcribe the rhythm to the chant by figuring out if each beat had one syllable (“ta”) or two (“ti-ti”).

After that we dove into the world of pitch and learned the song “Cobbler Cobbler”.  We were able to figure out which pitches the song used by determining if each pitch was the same, higher, or lower than the one before it.  

Then we played a wonderful round of “Here Comes The Bluebird”, and we ended with the new song (and accompanying partner dance) “Bow Wow Wow”.  I so appreciated getting to spend time with such wonderful young singers, and Ms. Emily looks forward to being back with you next Thursday!  

March 11, 2017

Prep 1 Blog #4 Week of March 6, 2017

Prep 1 –  Tuesday, Jazmine We had another wonderful week in class together!  We started off by learning a new welcome song “Buenos Dias” and its accompanying partner dance.  Then we reinforced independent singing (on “sol” and “mi”) with “Hickety Tickety Bumble Bee”.  After some scarf sound warm ups, and “I love to sing and play” for our warm ups, […]
March 11, 2017

Prep 3 Blog #4 Week of March 6, 2017

Prep 3 – Monday, Jazmine We started this week with a new game, “Who Stole The Cookie Jar” – a great way to focus our minds on rhythm, beat keeping, and remembering each other’s names!  Then we dove straight into warm ups, and had a blast singing “Gimme One” in Hindi, Hebrew, and Spanish.  I’m looking forward to learning how […]
March 10, 2017

Rehearsal #9/March 8th, 2017

Dear Ensemble, Thank you for your focus and effort in last Wednesday’s rehearsal.  I am delighted to see the honest work that you are putting in at home, and the focus and love that you are putting into our time together.  As I mentioned in rehearsal, we are now half way through our Spring semester together, so while we have […]
March 4, 2017

Rehearsal #8/March 1st, 2017

Dear Ensemble, Great to see that most  of you made good progress toward solid preparation of the concert music. Having to record The Wind made it absolutely necessary for you to give attention to detail and to reflect on your work.   We still have lots of work to do on all of our songs, KEEP UP THE PRACTICE!   […]
March 3, 2017

Prep 3 Blog #3 Week of February 27, 2017

Prep 3 – Monday, Jazmine It was wonderful to welcome you all back to Prep 3 this week!   We started off our rehearsal reviewing our name game, reinforcing the difference between the steady beat and rhythm, and practicing being able to “pass the beat” without dropping it! Then, after our minds (and hands!) were warmed up, we moved on […]
March 3, 2017

Prep 2 Blog #3 Week of February 28, 2017

Prep 2 –  Tuesday, Amy Hello Prep 2 Families! It was great singing together this week after having a week off! This week we learned a partner clapping game, “Double, Double, Ice, Ice” and after playing it for a bit, figured out the rhythm of the chant and did some work with rhythm reading and recognition.  We reviewed solfege syllables […]
March 3, 2017

Prep 1 Blog #3 Week of February 28, 2017

Prep 1 –  Tuesday, Jazmine  Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a lovely ski week and I was delighted to see everyone at Cantabile this week. We started off by learning a new ‘getting to know you’ song called “Hickety Tickety Bumble Bee” on which we all sang on our names, and echoed back the names of our friends on […]
February 18, 2017

Rehearsal #7/February 15th, 2017

Dear Ensemble, We had another good week, but unfortunately, we are still spending too much time teaching notes and rhythms that can be learned at home.  We trust that you have the skills needed to have successful practice sessions at home, and we are holding you to the expectation that you are going to be able to take over that […]